Whatever USC does regarding the college admissions scandal, everyone will need to try and forget USC interim president Wanda Austin said the school was the “victim” or that athletic director Lynn Swann said he was “blindsided” by the revelations.
In other words: No accountability.
It’s not even good spin.
Speaking of bad spin, let’s switch over to football, where Clay Helton is back making public comments about spring football.
Helton addressed the departure of recruiting director Eric Ziskin on Tuesday.
“It’s such a big hire. It’s like having an OC, a DC, a special teams coordinator. Strength and conditioning. This is a big hire,” he said.
Strength and conditioning? That was such a big hire that Helton went and rehired Lane Kiffin‘s strength coach. Talk about inspiration.
I’m amazed at how recruiting sites and then Helton elevate the recruiting director position to such importance.
USC is losing recruits because players do not develop and they are unsure about the future with Helton on thin ice. That has nothing to do with the recruiting director and everything to do with Helton.
Ziskin might be great at his job but he couldn’t convince this coaching staff to recruit two big-time wide receivers at Calabasas High School who do not list USC among their top choices.
If the position is as important as Helton makes it, why does he undercut it by failing to contact important recruits?
It’s not really that big a hire despite what Helton says. A big hire is who replaces Helton? A big hire is replacing special teams coach John Baxter, which will not happen apparently.
A good recruiting director could not prevent a lousy season and disappointing recruiting class. Only a good coach and competent athletic director could influence that.